Whether your horse is an athlete or your favorite trail riding partner, having their body feel the best it can is our priority. So many factors can be attributed to poor performance or discomfort under saddle and we can systematically work through your horse to determine if any lameness or illness needs to be addressed.
Lameness is one of the primary reasons for the early retirement of horses and we would like to keep them at peak performance as long as possible. Our equine veterinarians have a thorough understanding of the importance of detecting, diagnosing, and treating lameness as early as possible in horses.
Annual Lameness Evaluation
Jackpot Veterinary Center offers routine lameness exams prior to the beginning of show season. This gives us the opportunity to evaluate your horse prior to an incident of lameness and prevent lost time in the arena, track or trail. Part of this evaluation includes radiographs of the front feet to give your farrier more information so a better job can be accomplished. Annual lameness checkups enable our veterinarians to detect potential issues before they cause significant problems and intervene early in the process. This helps ensure your horse has a long and comfortable athletic career.
Lameness Examinations at Jackpot Veterinary Center
Pinpointing lameness can sometimes become complicated. Several issues in horses can cause similar symptoms in similar locations, which can make it difficult to determine the exact cause or location of the horse’s lameness.
At Jackpot Veterinary Center, we take a thorough approach to lameness examinations, using a variety of diagnostic testing capabilities in addition to strategic blocks that can help us pinpoint the exact location of a horse’s lameness.
Additionally, our indoor treatment room is specifically set up to accommodate lameness examinations that require additional levels of diagnostics like sterile blocks and/or joint injections for effective treatment.
Once an area(s) of lameness has been identified an appropriate treatment plan can be developed. We offer a variety of therapies that vary from systemic, regional, and/or joint injections.
In the last 10 years, steroid injections have been proven to be often less effective than the regenerative therapies that have been adapted from human medicine.
We offer a variety of Regenerative and Non Regenerative Therapies
All of these products utilize the horse’s own blood to harvest anti-inflammatory and regenerative components that are then injected back into a specific location. With some of the modalities multiple doses are obtained from one blood draw and can be frozen for future use.
Having a variety of regenerative and nonregenerative options means that we can choose the best therapy for your horse at any given time.
What Are Equine Joint/Tendon Sheath Injections?
Equine joint injections are the act of placing one of the therapies above in a specific joint or tendon sheath. This is performed with a sterile technique and is preferred to be done in a clean and controlled environment. Some joints are easily palpated and injected. However, others may use radiography or ultrasound guidance to ensure the therapy is injected appropriately.
Joint injections are only performed after a lameness exam to ensure the appropriate joint is injected. Commonly injected joints include:
Is an alternative treatment for equine pain management. It uses 3-5 intradermal needles at a time to deliver anti-inflammatory therapy to an area to reduce inflammation, pain and swelling. This therapy has been very beneficial for back pain.
With the addition of Alpha 2M to the practice, mesotherapy is now being used over suspensory ligament branches in the case of trauma or DSLD.
Class IV Laser
This is a non-invasive treatment modality that is very helpful for wound healing, back pain and tendon/ligament injury. There has been a lot of research on the benefits of phototherapy and is a great tool to have within the practice.